Chinese Whispers

Chinese Whispers


By (author) Jan Wong

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 25mm | 449g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843549743
  • ISBN 13: 9781843549741
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Sales rank: 730,948

Product description

The distinguished Canadian journalist Jan Wong returned to Beijing with a quest: to confront a secret in her past. She must find someone she betrayed in 1973, and whose life she is certain she has ruined forever. The result is the mirror image of Wild Swans.In the early 1970s, Jan Wong travelled to China to become one of only two Westerners permitted to study at Beijing University. One day a fellow student, Yin Luoyi, asked for help in getting to America. Wong, then a starry-eyed Maoist, immediately reported Yin to the authorities. Thirty-three years later, Jan Wong returns to begin her search for the person who haunts her conscience. She wants to apologise, to somehow make amends. At the very least, she wants to know if Yin survived.As Jan Wong hunts through the city, she finds herself travelling back through the decades, back to her experiences of the Cultural Revolution. She has changed, of course, but not as much as Beijing. One of the world's most ancient cities is now one of its most modern. In this real-life detective story, Jan Wong searches out old friends and acquaintances in this now unfamiliar city, uncovering the truth about the woman she wronged.

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Author information

Jan Wong is a third-generation Canadian, born and raised in Montreal. She was the much-acclaimed Beijing correspondent for the Toronto Globe and Mail from 1988 to 1994. A graduate of McGill University, Beijing University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, her first book, Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now, was named one of Time magazine's top ten books of 1996 and remains banned in China. She lives in Toronto.

Review quote

"'With her unique perspective, Wong has given us front row seats at Mao's theater of the absurd. It is hard not to laugh and cry... this book will become a classic, a must-read for anyone interested in China.' The New York Times 'Totally captivating. A wonderful memoir.' The Globe and Mail"